Water leak in outdoor faucet

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Posted by: from Oshawa
7/13/2012 at 5:03:25 PM

I have a leak in the water faucet that is used in the backyard. I have closed the water inside the house but the faucet outside still has a continuous drip.

At the moment I connected at garden hose to it and placed the opening in my vegetable garden so the water is not wasted.

My question is this. Do I need to repair the faucet that is outside or does it have something to do with the water line inside the house?

Thank you,


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Date/Time7/13/2012 at 6:13:22 PM

Its probably the washer inside the tap has worn out. If being the case all you have to do is remove the cartridge and replace the washer on the end.

Its very simple to do, I would suggest going your nearest Home Depot or Lowes and they can get you the washer you need and show you how.

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Jacqueline in Oshawa
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 6:29:13 PM

Hi Robert,

If I just replace the washer in the outside faucet to stop the drip, won't the water build up in the pipe that is in the house that is in the off position at the moment?

Thank you,


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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 8:15:42 PM

Hi Jacqueline,

You just have to call a handy friend or a plumber and ask him to change the faucet, the gasket outside has nothing to do with your problem, the bearing inside the faucet that close and open the way for water must be worn or broken, don't let your problem go for a long time if you are in town you must pay water?

Athis winter you will have allot of problems you will blow your water pipe and will drip in the house, so please change it a.s.a.p before its to late (NEW FAUCET) good luck Jackie but do it a.s.a.p thanks.


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Jacqueline in Oshawa
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 8:40:39 PM

Hello Gabriel,

That's what I was thinking because the water supply is shut off so no water should be reaching the outside faucet.

I guess replacing the indoor faucet is the way to go.

Thank you,


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Craig from Concepts4ward in Wellandport
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 8:53:45 PM

Hello Jaqueline,

I agree with Gaby from AMG renovations but also feel you may have an issue with the inside shut off if you are still experiencing water trickling out of the exterior faucet.

Often time the inside shut off is not used enough to keep the seals from drying out thus just when you want to use it the seal gives up the ghost and you have a small frustrating leak.

Have that friendly neighbour of plumber look at both issues.

First close the outside faucet again and open the inside shut off. Determine if the outside leak is a steady leak and replace as outlined by Gaby.

Next close the inside shut off again and open outside faucet ( with the inside shut off closed.) Opening the outside faucet will allow standing water to drain and then monitor for drips in the outer faucet after a few minutes. If you still have those persistent drips look into repairing the shut off inside as well.

Have a good evening and a great weekend.


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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 8:55:52 PM

Hi Jacqueline

The way you are talking you have two leaky faucet? the one inside if its close should not drip outside, and the one outside when its close is dripping to???? if so you have two leaky faucet, anyway Jacqueline you better call a plumber anyway it would be more easy to see and the problem would be fix, like I said it must be before winter,

Good luck Jacqueline.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 9:04:59 PM

I guess Craig we posted at the same time LOL sorry about that.

But yes Jaqueline do all that and you will be good to go, at the same time tell your plumber to check all of them since he's there, again good luck.

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Date/Time7/14/2012 at 5:29:48 AM

Both, they have leak Inside switch and outside faucet.

First, you have to get the inside switch repair either you have a simple leaking rubber gasket in the switch or you need to replace your valve switch into a better and newer plump type of switch.

Second, you need to replace the rubber gasket outside faucet. It will only takes you 10-15 minutes to do it if you know what you are doing. If you don't repair those leaky faucets, you have greater problem on Winter time.



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Date/Time7/14/2012 at 6:24:20 AM

I would say Jackie that your faucet needs to be replaced. That's the best thing. The cost is minimal for a new one and will save you on your water bill if you have one. If your faucet is soldered onto the pipe and it probably is, you'll need a good handyman or plumber.

All the best


Water leak in outdoor faucet
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WV Carpentry in Spencerville
Date/Time7/14/2012 at 7:50:38 AM

Hi Jackie, I suspect that both of your valves are faulty, If they are in fair condition just a new rubber washer. But the most important one to fix is your inside shut off because if it leaking it could cause problems come winter when the escaping water will freeze and possibly rupture your pipe.

Take care


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Jacqueline in Oshawa
Date/Time7/16/2012 at 9:17:34 AM

Thank you all for your replies.

My son was home this weekend so we replaced the rubber washer on the outside faucet. The old rubber washer was crumbling in our hands.

So I figure the washer in the handle inside the house must also be worn away.

But I'm nervous to touch the one inside the house, because what if I remove it and for some reason I can't get it back on or something. I have to shut off the main water to the house to do that one. That would mean no toilets, shower or running water. Am I over thinking it?

I'm slowly learning how to maintain and repair my home since it became my responsibility. So bear with my questions please.

Thank you,


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